By Florentino Garcia Martinez
Florentino García Martínez illuminates the nexus among philology and theology. The essays have interaction old Jewish texts reminiscent of Philo, the lifeless Sea Scrolls, Jubilees, four Ezra and the Targumim, and concentrate on how historical Jewish writers interpreted and remodeled biblical traditions and the way those new interpretations form theological strategies.
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Collins, “In the Likeness of the Holy Ones: The Creation of Humankind in a Wisdom Text from Qumran,” in The Provo International Conference on the Dead Sea Scrolls: Technological Innovations, New Texts, and Reformulated Issues (ed. D. W. Parry and E. Ulrich; STDJ 30; Leiden: Brill, 1999), 609–18. 27 Such as 4Q403 1 ii 3 where תבניתis used to denote the “likeness” of the divine Glory, which Ezek 1:8 calls דמות. 28 Collins, “In the Likeness,” 613: “ ‘Form’ would seem to be a possible translation (cf.
G. M. van Ruiten, Primeval History Interpreted: The Rewriting of Genesis 1–11 in the Book of Jubilees (JSJSup 66; Leiden: Brill, 2000), 20–27. Translations of Jubilees are from J. C. VanderKam, The Book of Jubilees: Translation (CSCO 511; Scriptores Aethiopici 88; Leuven: Peeters, 1989). 22 chapter two In Targum Pseudo-Jonathan,17 as in the Pirqe Rabbi Eliezer,18 the angels were not created on the first day but on the second. Instead, Genesis Rab bah prefers to set the creation of angels on the fifth day, although it does not exclude the second day as possible, and argues against Jubilees and against those who claim that they were created on the first day: The angels were created on the second day, as proved by You build your lodg ings in the waters (Ps 104:3) and make the winds your messengers (Ps 104:4).
18 chapter two of the compositions forming the Ethiopic and Greek collection known as 1 Enoch and has the title The Book of the Watchers (1 En. 3 In 1 En. 15:3–7, for example, the patriarch is lifted up into heaven in a vision, and when he tries to intercede for the fallen angels he is entrusted with transmitting the following message to the Watchers from the Most High: Why have you forsaken the high heaven, the eternal sanctuary; and lain with women, and defiled yourselves with the daughters of men; and taken for yourselves wives, and sons as the sons of the earth; and begotten for yourselves sons, giants?